New Delhi: Paying his condolence to former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday said that the departed soul will remain in our hearts and will be missed forever.
"I would like to send a deep sense of condolence to brave family members and pray to the departed soul of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. He will remain inside our hearts and we will miss him forever. He was such a great personality that he was not only known as a President of India, but he was known as the President of the people of India," Rijiju told ANI.
"I have the experience of meeting him as a Member of Parliament and met him when he was no more the President of India. Every time he had a strong a message to the country and to the people. So, we are very sad that he is no more with us," he added.
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam passed away in Shillong last evening.
Dr Kalam collapsed after a massive cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong yesterday.
The government has declared a seven-day national mourning as a mark of respect for Dr Kalam, who played a stellar role in advancing India's nuclear programme.
Considered the most popular president, Dr Kalam became the 11th head of the state and occupied the post between 2002 and 2007 during the NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.